Five separate Center for Public Integrity projects covering a disparate array of subjects in the news have been honored with EPPY Awards from Editor & Publisher, it was announced Wednesday.
The five awards for the Center were the most for any single news organization in the 2017 EPPY contest. Last year the Center won two EPPY Awards.
“We are delighted with the depth of recognition by the EPPYs,” said Center Executive Editor Gordon Witkin. “Work by four different project teams at the Center was recognized, and each of these investigations involved months of the sort of in-depth investigative reporting that is our specialty.”
The EPPY for Best Collaborative Investigative/Enterprise Reporting went to “Politics of Pain,” a joint effort of the Center and the Associated Press. The project provided a unique look at how drug makers and their allies sought to thwart steps intended to combat the opioid epidemic. CPI reporters Liz Essley Whyte and Ben Wieder worked with AP reporters Geoff Mulvihill and Matthew Perrone for 10 months to piece together the series, digging into campaign contributions, lobbying reports, company documents and government emails crucial to understanding the role that political considerations played in shaping the response to the crisis. The series was edited by AP’s Kristin Gazlay and Tom Verdin, and the Center’s Kytja Weir. “Politics of Pain” has also been honored by the National Press Club and the Association of Health Care Journalists.
The award for Best News or Event Feature on a Website went to the Center’s “Nuclear Negligence” project. The six-part series documented alarming safety problems at sites involved in the production of America’s nuclear arsenal, including the mishandling of plutonium; the mis-shipment of hazardous materials and the avoidable contamination of work areas and scientists by radioactive particles — all abetted by lax government oversight and weak contracting. The series was written by reporter Patrick Malone, managing editor R. Jeffrey Smith and contributing reporter Peter Cary, and edited by Smith; design and layout was done by news developer Chris Zubak-Skees.